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Breaking News: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area including North Idaho until 8 p.m. PDT today and northwest Montana until 9 p.m. MDT.
News
Severe thunderstorm warning for northwest Montana
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for south central Lincoln County, northwestern Sanders County and west central Flathead County in northwestern Montana until 3:45 p.m. MDT. At 3:16 p..m., a severe thunderstorm was located 16 miles southeast of Noxon, or 18 miles north of Thompson Falls, moving northeast at 45 mph, bringing 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.
Johnson withdraws from house race to challenge Herndon: Steve Johnson, Sandpoint, withdrew as Democrat candidate for Idaho District 1 House Position A July 13 to instead challenge Republican Scott Herrndon for the Idaho District 1 Senate seat. "I was very disappointed when Jim Woodward lost the primary to Herndon, and I'm now running as an Independent write-in candidate for the District 1 State Senate seat, with support from many local Republicans," Johnson wrote.
North Idaho girl missing: The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating Brooklyn George, last seen at her father’s house in Harrison wearing plaid pink sweatpants, a black shirt w/rose and a black sweatshirt. It is believed she may have left the location in the early morning hours on August 9 with her boyfriend
Boundary County Library District 2022/23 budget hearing, 9 a.m. Thursday, September 1, County Annex
ICRMP refuses to renew library's policy: On August 1, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program wrote a brief letter notifying the Boundary County Library Board that its existing policy will not be renewed when it expires at midnight Saturday, October 1.
Hope man facing up to five years for Kapu Road burglary: A 45-year-old Hope, Idaho, man staying in Boundary County in a trailer on the property of a late friend's grieving widow will spend two to five years in prison and pay more than $82,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to grand theft by possession of stolen property.
Kootenai County sheriff's deputy needs community's help: A 35-year-old Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff has recently suffered a stroke and needs the community's assistance. Deputy Yvonne Cress and her husband welcomed the birth of their child in June. While at home and off-duty over the last weekend in July, she suffered a stroke that affected her entire right side. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Cress has been with the sheriff’s office for over six years.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Fire near Nordman grows to 120 acres: The Diamond Watch Fire was initially detected on the evening of July 14. It was started by lightning and is visible from the Priest Lake area. The fire is located 5.5 miles due west of Nordman and is burning on a ridge to the east of Diamond Peak in Pend Oreille County, Washington. An infrared flight mapped the recent growth at 120 acres, with most of the heat showing now on the south aspect.
Hope House giving away back to school shoes: Hope House has had amazing community support to enable them to provide back to school shoes/PE shoes again this year. If you know of a student or family who will need help purchasing shoes for Back to School, to be distributed at the Hope House Back to School Bash August 26. Hope House staff is collecting its list through August 13.
'Read-In' of controversial books held to protest library board recall: Only a handful of people were expected at the first "Read-In" on the lawn at the Boundary County Library Thursday afternoon, but organizers were astounded when the over two dozen people turned out to quietly read banned or controversial books. People young and old showed up, many wearing shirts expressing support for the beleaguered library.
Get ready to see the world at the Boundary County Fair! The most festive week of the year in Boundary County kicks off bright and early Tuesday morning, August 9, as the entire community comes together to celebrate who we are and the bounties of this wonderful place, as people young and old bring in their season's best to display at the Boundary County Fair. This year's theme is "Around the World in Five Days," and it will provide convincing evidence that there's no place quite like this awesome place we call home!
County commission agenda, week of August 8
Grizzly euthanized near Porthill: On August 4, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near Porthill. There has been a series of livestock losses due to grizzly bears this spring and summer. Fish and Game received a report on August 2 of four sheep that had been attacked and killed and two additional sheep that had been injured near Porthill.
County Commission minutes, week of July 25
Crews working fire near Creston: The BC Wildfire Service is on the ground responding to a wildfire burning approximately 14 kilometres, 8.7 miles, northeast Creston. First spotted August 2, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Six Mile Creek wildfire was estimated to be 57 hectares in size, or 140.85 acres. It is believed to be human caused. On the scene, 31 ground crew members are continuing to utilize heavy equipment to establish fuel-free areas, control lines, and water delivery systems.
Income guidelines for 2022-2023 free and reduced price lunch released: Families interested in applying for free and reduced price meals can now view income guidelines and apply for the 2022-2023 school year. The upcoming school year will be the first time since 2020 that families need to apply in order to receive free or reduced price meals in schools operating the National School Lunch Program and for free milk in schools operating the Special Milk Program. Eligible families are encouraged to apply to ensure their children’s access to healthy meals this school year.
It is huckleberry season: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is reminding huckleberry pickers that commercial picking of huckleberries is not permitted. Picking huckleberries with the intent to sell them is considered commercial gathering. In order to provide plentiful opportunities for recreational huckleberry, the forest does not issue commercial permits. Minimum fines for commercial picking start at $250, and can increase based on the severity of the offense.
Sportsmen just gained access to 23,000 acres of public land in North Idaho: After an 85-year closure to hunting, fishing and trapping, Myrtle Creek Preserve is once again open and accessible by sportsmen thanks to approval by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in July. The preserve is a vast piece of real estate in the Kootenai River Basin in the Panhandle, spanning nearly 23,000 acres or 36 square miles of ground.
Idaho investing in drug treatment, mental health services: The State of Idaho is taking steps to make Idaho safer and save taxpayer dollars by increasing drug treatment and mental health services in Idaho communities as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan. Through the new Pre-prosecution Diversion Grant Program, the Idaho Department of Correction is offering $2.5 million worth of funding to state and local government agencies.
Southeast BC campfire ban going into effect: Effective at noon PDT Thursday, August 4, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Hot and dry conditions in the Southeast Fire Centre are expected to continue. The fire danger rating in the region is generally High to Extreme.
Justice Department sue Idaho to protect reproductive rights: The U.S. Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to protect the rights of patients to access emergency medical care guaranteed by federal law. The suit challenges Idaho Code § 18-622, which is set to go into effect on August 25 and imposes a near-total ban on abortion.
Events & Entertainment
Kootenai River Mushroom Club to meet: Interested in learning how to safely forage for wild mushrooms in North Idaho? The Kootenai River Mushroom Club will present a free class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, in the Ktunaxa Room at the Kootenai River Inn and Casino. Art Church, a local mushroom expert, will teach you how to safely identify edible mushrooms that can be found here -- approximately 40 different kinds have been identified!
Panida Theater to host monologue competition: The Panida Theater is excited to announce a monologue competition where contestants will compete for cash prizes August 13! “This is a great event for all sorts of people in our community,” said managing director Veronica Knowlton. “It’s perfect for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to participate in local theater and would like to introduce themselves.”
Business
Iron Mike's seeking to expand: A public hearing will be held on a county conditional use permit application by Davis Family Revocable Trust to allow for the expansion of Iron Mike's Family Fitness, 64450 Highway Two at Three Mile. The permit would allow construction of an addition that would increase the size of the facility to over 15,000 square feet. The property is zoned commercial/light industrial.
Panida offering a Little Theater lease opportunity: Got a great idea for a business in one of downtown Sandpoint's most prime locations? The Panida's Little Theater is available for lease – and the Panida management is inviting proposals from potential businesses or groups that will partner in the space.
Two Tones Cafe celebrating fourth anniversary: Two Tones Cafe opened the summer of 2018, and Tony and the crew will celebrate their four-year anniversary Saturday, July 9, and you're invited! Norman Baker and his band will be livening up the secret garden patio and there'll be great food specials to go along with it. It's their way of saying "thank you all for being our guests for four years!"
Shelman Realty joins forces with ERA Real Estate: ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of brands, today announced the affiliation of ERA Shelman Realty, 6737 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. The firm has served the community since 1963. Co-owners Mark and Loralee Carey bought the firm in 2018 from Mark’s brother Steve Carey, who bought the brokerage from the original founder, Monk Shelman, in 1991.
Social
Family of Mary Dirks expresses thanks: Mary Dirks’s family would like to send a special thank you out to all of the people who attended her memorial, to all of the people who helped organize it, to all of the people who sent beautiful flowers, cards and gifts, and to all of the people who called with words of support.
Nine local students are U of I graduates: A total of 1,603 degrees were awarded to 1,467 students in the 2022 spring semester commencement at the University of Idaho, including nine from Boundary County. In-person ceremonies were held in May in Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls.
Linda Lederhos now Rotary president: Linda Lederhos took over the role of president for the Rotary club of Bonners Ferry last week, and this week she was guest speaker, talking about her plans for the future of the club. The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry works to bring together business and professional community leaders to provide humanitarian service to others within our community and our world.
Boundary County students earn NIC dean's list honors: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
BCMS announces second semester honor roll: Boundary County Middle School has identified its top scholars for the second semester. They are ...
Sports/Outdoors
BCMS football practice starts Monday: Boundary County Middle School football practice is set to start August 8. The first week will be focused on conditioning and during the second week, athletes will go full pads. Practice will be held Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the practice field.
Badger cross country season set to begin: Bonners Ferry High School cross country will begin fall practice at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 8, at the south end of the bleachers of the football/track stadium with a mandatory parent/information meeting to be followed by a short practice. Coaches will be going over team rules and expectations for the season.
BFHS 2022 volleyball season information: Welcome athletes and parents to the 2022 fall volleyball season! We hope everyone is as excited about our upcoming season as we are!!! Below are some key dates/information to help everyone plan for the upcoming weeks as we host try-outs, conduct practices, and eventually begin our season with our first round of games August 25!
Another great Kootenai River Run in the books: Over 160 runners and walkers participated in last Saturday’s Kootenai River Run, part of the 2022 Kootenai River Days. The run raises scholarships for local cross country and track athletes and is sponsored by Shelman Realty and Idaho Forest Group. New and welcome to the run this year were participants from Team Hoyt Coeur d'Alene. Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene “is one of nine teams across the country created in the shadow of the famed duo Team Hoyt.
Skatepark Alliance having logo contest, second jam: The Boundary County Skatepark Alliance (BCSA) thanks all who helped to make its inaugural event June 21 at the Bonners Ferry Skatepark a rousing success. Community response was inspiring and just the fuel they needed to start this project. The alliance now has a couple other plans they are excited to share. 
Letters
Are Republicans a threat to ‘Democracy?' Yes and no. First, it depends on what you mean by ‘Democracy’. Second, it depends on what you mean by ‘Republican’.
For Democrats the word democracy is a euphemism for what they really mean: Democratic Socialism. The official name of communist North Korea is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ... The real question is: are real Republicans, Conservatives or the MAGA movement a threat to Democratic Socialism? The answer to that is absolutely yes. By Dean Cannon
AR-15s meet intent behind second amendment: Muskets were the assault weapons of their day, and yes, you have the right to own them. Illinois governor JB Pritzker recently insinuated that the second amendment is obsolete because the founding fathers owned muskets. This is an insult to the intelligence of every American. In the 18th Century the citizen and the state were equally matched on the battlefield. Both fought with the same weapons. It was just a matter of who had more muskets and soldiers. By Dean Cannon
Strengthening a kind and respectful community: Community can be defined as a group of people with diverse interests, beliefs and characteristics linked together with common bonds. Successful communities are those where people live and work together in a civil manner and respectfully embrace differences. Through the democratic process citizens have the opportunity to choose community leaders and make decisions for the common good. By the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force
We must rally to save Trump's helpless gullible: In legal proceedings and congressional hearings, Donald J. Trump's big lie is clearly starting to unravel, but believers of the lie are clearly not hearing the truth, preferring instead to get their "news" from outlets that pander to a liar. By Mike Weland
County can't ignore Ursa Rio: Now that Owen Benjamin Smith has unilaterally claimed through his attorney that his activities at Ursa Rio are not subject to county zoning rules, construction activity is up. Neighbors report that, since the end of July, a backhoe has come and gone, port-o-potties are back, and traffic has increased. The county regulations may be vague and poorly written, but this is no excuse for the county to allow an applicant to push them around this way. By Elaine Duncan
Obituaries
Glen Earl Mattox, Jr., was born May 3, 1944, in Bonners Ferry, the son of Glenn and Chloe Mattox. He passed away August 5, 2022, in Missoula at the age of 78. Viewing will be from 2to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at English Funeral Chapel, 1700 North Spokane Street, Post Falls. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 15, at the same location, followed by a reception, then a graveside service.
Wesley A. Dirks, 77, of Inman, Kansas, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, surrounded by family at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, 597 6th Avenue, Inman. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the church, and burial will follow at Zion Church Cemetery.
Geraldine "Geri" C. Todd, 94, peacefully passed away in her sleep July 28, 2022. She had been living at the Extended Care Facility in Bonners Ferry since suffering from a stroke earlier this year. Services are to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 12, at Immaculate Conception Church, 756 Highway 2 West, Troy.
Kevin Robert Larson, 60, passed away unexpectedly on July 24, 2022. He was born on February 9, 1962, to Lloyd and Mary Emma Larson in Bonners Ferry. Kevin spent his entire life in Bonners Ferry and loved the area. He was an avid golfer and spent much of his time outdoors. After graduating from high school Kevin worked at Penner’s Resaw Shop for a brief time, and then went to work at the mill in Moyie Springs, where he was still employed at the time of this death.
Betty Jean Robbins, 92, died peacefully on June 3, 2022, in the presence of her two daughters, Cynthia Copeland and Vicki Van Der Hoek, in The Oaks Of Stockbridge Assisted Living, Stockbridge, Georgia. Betty was cremated and a private service will be held in her husband Don's (who died March 26, 2014) hometown, Bonners Ferry, early October 2022 by her immediate family. The family will be spreading both of their ashes into the Kootenai River.

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